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School Meals

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research his Department has evaluated for benchmarking purposes on comparative nutritional standards in school meals in EU member states. (281242)

The School Food Trust has conducted research to examine school meal provision (including nutritional standards) in England and other Western European Countries—Harper and Wells, 2007, School meal provision in England and other Western European Countries: a review:

http://www.schoolfoodtrust.org.uk/UploadDocs/Library/Documents/sft_school_meals_review.pdf

The report revealed that England has the most comprehensive school food standards when compared with leading countries in Europe, as well as the US, Canada and Australia.